Apple's luxury iPhone both copies and innovates — First look

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I use it for screen-off notes, navigating the Note 8, creating GIFs to share with family, previewing email and calendar appointments, creating fun Live Messages with my family, and more.

Koh added that the company still has "hurdles to overcome" before making the phones a reality. Note 8 sales begin in the United States, South Korea and elsewhere on Friday. These incidents of battery fires caused the company to issue a mandatory recall, pulling the devices from the market and costing the company billions. If you don't know, then the device was running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but the new update also brings the Dual Messenger function to the smartphone.

The technology mixes real and virtual images on a single screen. But now that Samsung's been there, done that, the big question is, What's next? All of that isn't without reason given the Note 8's brilliant specifications. It's a niche need, but some will love it. Because it's a 2K AMOLED screen, Samsung packs in an impressive 570ppi pixel density too.

As far as release date is concerned, the Galaxy S9 is expected to get unveiled at the end of February 2018 and hit the store shelves by the end of March or April.

Koh said it will take time to recover in China but expects changes this year such as appointing a new mobile chief, restructuring and focusing on key buyers to be effective.

Apple's climbing prices for the whole iPhone line is going to test how inelastic demand is for its smartphones.

Apple is releasing a super-premium iPhone with a super-premium price tag, starting at $999. It comes with either an Exynos 8895 or equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. This means that the phablet will differ from its iPhone X cousin, which will provide a wraparound display, and is said to be slightly smaller in dimensions than the iPhone 8 Plus. It's really not that different, except for the fact Android phones also include a back button and dedicated button for accessing recently used apps.

The new phones promise to shoot pictures with better colors and less distortion, particularly in low-light settings. In the past, the S Pen novelty wore off after a day or two, but that is not happening here.

Most of the Samsung Galaxy 8 series devices are powered by the latest chipset and long-lasting battery life. The Note 8 has been the most expensive smartphone Samsung has released.

An AirPower wireless charger is displayed along with other products during an Apple launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. If that doesn't come to pass, then Apple's phone will actually be at a very similar price to Samsung's somewhat overpriced handset.

Nonetheless, the display included in the iPhone 8 Plus should be pretty decent, although it will be interesting to see whether Apple upgrades the resolution. Unfortunately, it comes with last year's Snapdragon 821 under the hood.

DJ Koh revealed that Samsung plans to launch the Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphone sometime next year.

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